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The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has stated government’s commitment in supporting the expansion of facilities in the country’s tertiary institutions.
That, he explained, was critical due to the number of students who would be seeking admission due to the increase in school enrolment in relation to the implementation of the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy.
“We will do our utmost best to improve upon facilities and offer adequate resources to these institutions to capacitance them to deliver on their mandate,” he said.
Dr Bawumia was speaking at the second session of the 22nd congregation of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) at Winneba over the weekend.
A total of 7,667 students who pursued various academic programmes at the institution would be graduating by the close of the session.
The congregation would be climaxed with the ones to be organised on Saturday at the Kumasi campus of UEW which would be preceded with a similar one at the Asante Mampong campus.
Dr Bawumia further said that the government was prepared and ready to support higher education institutions to be able to absorb the huge numbers that would progress from the SHS level.
The current administration, he said, was committed to providing equitable education for all Ghanaians.
He said:”Government believes that matters involving education are critical and must therefore be handled with all objectivity devoid of partisan political undertones”.
The Vice President further expressed the government’s commitment towards the professional development of teachers across the country.
He commended the University of Education, Winneba for its role in the training of teachers in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET).
Dr Bawumia, therefore, stated that the government would partner the university as it rolls out programmes to promote TVET in the country.
The Chairman of the Governing Council of UEW, Prof. Emmanuel Nicholas Abakah, in his address, expressed the determination of the governing council to sanitise the university in the midst of the recent needless legal tussles.
“We assure all stakeholders that the Council shall do everything possible within its powers, even as it shall not spare the minutest hint of effort to ensure that no segment of the University’s operations is jeopardised in any way during this critical period,” he said.
He further said: “We accordingly request all stakeholders to be steadfast, unmovable, always engrossing yourselves in works that will advance the cause of UEW”.
Prof. Abakah appealed to the government to give financial clearance for the institution to recruit more personnel to handle a number of courses.
Additionally, he appealed to the state to support the university to expand its infrastructure to admit more students desirous of pursuing tertiary education.
The acting Vice Chancellor of UEW, Rev. Father Thomas Afful-Broni in his address, explained that the university had agreed to increase the intake of fresh students by 40 per cent from the next academic year.
With increment in admission, he stated that, management had decided to implement the in-out-out-out policy to enable first year students to have access to residential accommodation in the various halls while continuing students would be expected to go for hostel facilities within and outside the university’s campus.
The university, he indicated, would not compromise on quality as it expands access to tertiary education in the country.
Source: DAVID O. YARBOI-TETTEH || GHANAIAN TIMES, WINNEBA